Lenses for a sci-fi look? Fantasy?

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S1shooter Forum Member • Posts: 62
Lenses for a sci-fi look? Fantasy?

Hello everyone,

I'm a filmmaker by trade who mostly focuses on the writing and directing of my work but rarely actually gets into the hands on aspect of craft beyond discussing creative references for what the vision of the project is with the crew.

Since I want to get better in this area, I got myself an S1 and have  been going nuts looking at different lenses. Right now, I'm a little obsessed with the Canon 50 f/.95 "dream lens".

I'm huge into sci-fi and fantasy, but have worked in indie drama as of now. Just want to get some lenses that will approximate the type of look I love so I can give myself creative inspiration for what I want to work up to so to speak.

My question is - which lenses can you recommend for a filmmaker going for a lush, saturated, contrast look similar to Pan's Labyrinth? How about something cooler, and more tranquil like Moonlight? And what about something with that child-like wondrous blue a.l.a. E.T.?

Thanks

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mclewis Senior Member • Posts: 1,278
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S1shooter wrote:

My question is - which lenses can you recommend for a filmmaker going for a lush, saturated, contrast look similar to Pan's Labyrinth? How about something cooler, and more tranquil like Moonlight? And what about something with that child-like wondrous blue a.l.a. E.T.?

Thanks

The lens will have absolutely nothing to do with the above.  That will all be down to scene lighting and editing in post production.

Klaus dk
Klaus dk Veteran Member • Posts: 6,813
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mclewis wrote:

S1shooter wrote:

My question is - which lenses can you recommend for a filmmaker going for a lush, saturated, contrast look similar to Pan's Labyrinth? How about something cooler, and more tranquil like Moonlight? And what about something with that child-like wondrous blue a.l.a. E.T.?

Thanks

The lens will have absolutely nothing to do with the above. That will all be down to scene lighting and editing in post production.

While I totally agree, I believe cinematographers have this obsession with exotic lenses, which I suppose is where the OP got the idea that it's the lens. It's unfortunate the lens means so little; it would be so much easier if you could just buy the look you're after.

To the OP, look up cinematic lighting and post processing. IMHO, that's where youll get the most impact on your photographs. It will also offer you a more profound understanding of how the "emotion" is produced and give you a better basis for communicating your vision to the crew. You are in effect trying to learn a whole new language. It will be fun, I promise.

I suppose an "S1" is a Panasonic camera? Just to avoid confusion with the Fujifilm S1 Pro.

Good luck and good light.

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CallMeAlan Contributing Member • Posts: 677
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This should suit you:

https://www.dpreview.com/articles/9811242514/kubrick-s-f-0-7-lenses-now-available-for-rent-but-start-saving-up

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grsnovi
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Can't say what the S1 offers as far as in camera image processing but Lumix cameras generally include a SCENE mode that allows you to get JPG images out of the camera that have already been processed. Many of these include the over-saturated look as well as other "looks" that are often done in post. Having been a sci-fi fan for years I can't say that there is a sci-fi look that I'd be able to identify.

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Mark Scott Abeln
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Color grading

The qualities you are looking for largely come down to lighting and color grading on the computer, as well as set design.

But these lenses are considered pretty good:

https://www.cookeoptics.com

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